Commission seeks record sum for general elections

January 09, 2013 - 12:00:00 am


ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has written to the Ministry of Finance for a sum of Rs5.9bn for the conduct of the general elections.

If approved, the amount will make the poll most expensive to have been conducted in the country’s 65 year history and four times as expensive as those in 2008.

However, there has been no indication in this connection from the ministry so far as to when these funds will be made available for the purpose, in one go or in chunks, official sources said here yesterday.

Sources said that not only the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Qamar Zaman Kaira, and the Minister for Religious Affairs, Khurshid Shah, but also Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had assured the ECP of meeting all of its requirements for smooth and orderly elections for the country in a transparent way.

The estimated amount for the elections is over 100 percent more than spent on 2008 general elections, which was around Rs1.45bn.